New Routes, Old Roots is an arts-based research network, located within the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. We aim to actively encourage scholarly examination of, and public engagement with, the extraordinarily rich and varied oral, written and graphic texts that are written within or reflecting upon the experience of exile and migration. New Routes, Old Roots aims to do this through:

  1. readings and performances by contemporary poets, fiction writers, dramatists, songwriters, illustrators, filmmakers and other creative artists;

  2. seminars, symposia and conferences featuring internationally respected academics and creative practitioners;

  3. outreach and community events in local, third sector and international organisations, schools, libraries and colleges.

  4. occasional publications of both scholarly and creative writing.

Our approach is cross-disciplinary and collaborative, and we welcome enquiries from groups, institutions and individuals who would like to suggest activities and events, and participate in events we are already planning.

For further information on the unit and how you can contribute to this very important area of research please email:  Dr Jeannette Baxter at the following address: